Care bundle to prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sternal wound infection after off-pump coronary artery bypass

Chen Yen Chien, Cheng Hsin Lin, Ron Bin Hsu

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) sternal wound infection (SWI) after cardiac surgery is endemic in our hospital. An infection control care bundle with preoperative chlorhexidine showering and povidone iodine paint before bathing was introduced in 2006. From 2001 to 2012, 23 (2.3%) of 1,010 patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass had SWIs. SWI significantly decreased after 2006 (1.4% vs 3.4%, respectively; P =.03). Care bundle was more protective against MRSA infection (2.3% vs 0.5%, respectively; P =.021). SWI remained a common complication after off-pump coronary artery bypass. MRSA infection was most common, and the mortality was high. Care bundle can effectively decrease the incidence of SWI, especially infection caused by MRSA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-564
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Care bundle
  • Methicillin resistance
  • Off pump coronary artery bypass
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Sternal wound infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Medicine(all)

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